The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 last night – handing the Bucs their seventh loss in a row. The Pirates managed just five hits in the game – with only rookie Ke’Bryan Hayes getting an extra-base hit.
Pirates starting pitcher Joe Musgrove allowed all four earned runs in five innings and took the loss. He is now 0-5 this season with a 5.74 ERA.
The game did see the arrival of hard-throwing reliever Blake Cinderland, who pitched a scoreless inning. Cinderland had a setback early when he tested positive for the coronavirus – and began the season in Altoona.
The Bucs and Reds complete their series tonight in Cincinnati. First pitch is 6:40pm. Pre-game on WISR 680am will be 6:15pm.
The Pirates return home after the game and will open their final nine-game home stand Thursday.
Major League Baseball has announced the World Series will be entirely played at the Texas Rangers new ballpark in Arlington. The Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series will be part of a bubble to minimize exposure to the coronavirus.
A two-game series between the San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners that was supposed to start last night in Seattle was postponed because of poor air quality caused by the West Coast wildfires. The teams will now play the two games tonight and tomorrow afternoon in San Francisco. The region has had unhealthy air quality because of the smoke for about a week.